Events and Booking

Live as if you were to die tomorrow.  Learn as if you were to live forever.

Mahatma Gandhi

Havan (fire ceremony) for purification

To maintain social distancing and a safe space for attendees, numbers attending classes and on retreats at The Lotus Sanctuary will be limited to comply with current Government regulations.

All reasonable measures will be taken to maintain hygiene and participants are expected to take responsibility for the general well being of themselves and others attending any events here in accordance with current pandemic guidance at the time of the event.

Yoga 1:1s and small group classes are available on request.  Please contact us for details.

We wish to ensure that our sessions are accessible to all so, where possible, we will offer the opportunity to those of limited financial means to undertake some work at the centre in exchange for attendance at our sessions.  Please contact us for details.

All of our events are also posted well before the event in our meetup group, South Oxfordshire Yoga and Meditation, which all are welcome to join (https://www.meetup.com/South-Oxfordshire-Yoga-and-Meditation-Meetup-Group/

 

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Yoga and Meditation Retreat Days, spiritual film and discussion evenings, workshops about Ayurveda (a form of alternative medicine, being the traditional system of medicine of India, which seeks to treat and integrate body, mind, and spirit using a comprehensive holistic approach) and Vastu Shastra (designed to create a congenial home/workplace by taking advantage of the benefits of the 5 elements to encourage enhanced health, wealth, prosperity and happiness in an enlightened environment). 

 

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Online Sivananda Yoga Classes from The Lotus Sanctuary

Thursdays - 18:00 - 19:00

 £12 per session - FIRST CLASS IS FREE

Online Yoga Nidra Foundation Course  - Coming soon - contact us for details

1 hour of Yoga Nidra is as restful as 4 hours of conventional sleep so it's a very useful technique to learn generally.

A few of the benefits confirmed by the medical field are increased immune function, digestive function, and better sleep. The gifts of Yoga Nidra are the releasing of old habits and thought patterns and reducing fatigue, worry, and stress.

Yoga Nidra can be practised by anyone of any age, size or shape. This is not a physical exercise, but a technique for physical rejuvenation, mental relaxation, spiritual growth, and overall wellness. According to yogic thought, unregulated stress is the root of most physical and mental ailments today. The secret of Yoga Nidra (and to better health) lies in its ability to relieve tension and stress at its root and restore a balanced state of mind and a deeply rested body.

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Yoga Nidra or "yogic dreaming" is a state of consciousness between waking and sleeping. It is the “going-to-sleep” stage and is a state in which the body is completely relaxed, and the practitioner becomes systematically and increasingly aware of the inner world by following a set of audio instructions. It is a systematic method of inducing deep physical, mental, and emotional relaxation. The practice is done while lying down on one’s back. The eyes are closed and the body is made completely comfortable. This state of consciousness is different to meditation in which concentration on a single focus is required. It involves deep relaxation with inner awareness.

In this Foundation Course you will learn the basic stages/steps of Yoga Nidra, the background and science behind it and how to use the practise in order to clear subconscious patterns, create new ones and awaken deeper states of awareness.

Yoga Nidra will assist you in tapping into your highest potential, allow you to access dream and deep sleep states with consciousness and approach life with more empowerment.

There will be 5 sessions via Zoom of 60 minutes each forming this Yoga Nidra Foundation Course.

No previous experience is required.

All are welcome to join the sessions. For students' reviews, please click here: https://www.thelotussanctuary.com/reviews/

A rug or mat, blanket and cushion is all that is required or you can do the session sitting up against a wall or sitting in a chair, if preferred.

Private or small group online Yoga Nidra sessions are also available on request.

Please contact helen@thelotussanctuary.com for further details or to book.

Beekeeping for beginners course

24th April 2021 & 8th May 2021

Learn all you need to know about safe and successful beekeeping on our two day beekeeping course

Sixty per cent of food plants depend on honey bees for pollination. Not only are bees essential to the environment – these fascinating and sophisticated insects are also a pleasure to look after. Our beginners’ beekeeping course offers a complete introduction to the craft, helping you to understand the whole process before you commit to keeping bees yourself.

The course will cover what equipment you will need, the life cycle of the honeybee, how to set up the apiary, the beekeeping year, working with the bees, products of the hive.

You will be shown bees in operation at a beehive during practical sessions learning how to care for them and looking for any signs of disease or other problems.  You will have the opportunity to handle bees seeing all the stages of the life of the honeybee within the hive.

The course tutor is an experienced beekeeper running a beekeeping consultancy with the  British Beekeeping Association’s General Husbandry qualification and experience of teaching beekeeping at a local College.

At the end of the course, you will leave buzzing with enthusiasm for your new hobby and be fully equipped to take up the craft with some knowledge and confidence.

£240 for 2 days (10am-4pm) - BYO vegetarian lunch

Booking details and further information

Places at our yoga sessions at the Centre are currently limited to a maximum of 9 so early booking is advisable. We can offer courses to small groups or organisations independently of the courses listed below and, where feasible given the nature of the course, at a location of your choice.

Please contact us for details. 

Full payment is required to make your booking. Please read this page and understand the specific commitments (see Special Requests below) required before booking. Payments are non-refundable, but are transferable to another course. If the course is cancelled, a full refund will be given.

To book, please email helen@thelotussanctuary.com

Please include your name, email, telephone number and the course you wish to attend with your booking.  Bookings are confirmed only once payment has been received.

Payment

You can pay:

by bank transfer (please contact us for bank details); or

by cash - for yoga and meditation classes at the Centre only.

 

What to bring

We have yoga mats, cushions and blankets.

For yoga and meditation events, we suggest you bring the following items:

Comfortable shoes suitable for walking if there are walks during your workshop/retreat

Notebook and pen

Warm and waterproof clothes for outside

 

Special requests

Please:

  1. help maintain the peaceful environment of the Centre and grounds
  2. use your mobile in the lane outside the Centre and be considerate of other participants wanting to enjoy and benefit from the peaceful environs
  3. refrain from bringing meat, eggs, fish, tobacco, alcohol or recreational drugs into the Centre or its grounds.
  4. leave outside shoes on the racks outside the yoga and meditation studio and teaching cabin.